Top 5 Toughest Exam To Crack In India


In India, to acquire the best position, we have to sit in the most challenging exam. There are many competitive exams held to check out mental stability, technical skills, aptitude, and other aspects. Some people think that competitive exams are not related to their syllabus. But they should know that as much you solve logical questions, your mind opens quickly. Once you can solve such questions, you get prepared to handle any difficulties in your job. You can know about your strength after qualifying for such exams. 

Check here the list of the top 5 toughest exams held in India. 

1. UPSC Civil Services Exam

UPSC is the most complicated exam in India. There are around 9 lakh aspirants who sit in UPSC exams in which only 0.1 to 0.3 per cent of aspirants get success. There are so many posts available under this exam in which IAS (Indian Administrative Service) holds the top position, after that IFS (Indian Foreign Service), and so on. 


UPSC exam is taken on three levels: Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and interview or personality test. If you are an aspirant of UPSC, then you will have to cover an extensive syllabus. The syllabus will include Indian History, Laws on Human Rights, and Indian Geography. These are the crucial subjects of the following exams. 

2. CAT

This is a great gateway to get entered in the top business schools like the IIMs. CAT stands for Common Admission Test. If you want to study in the topmost college for pursuing an MBA, you will have to crack the CAT exam conducted in India. It evaluates a student based on their skills regarding English, Logical Reasoning, and Mathematics. Every year around 2 lakhs aspirants sit in the CAT exam, out of which only 1500 crack the exam. So, according to the ratio, you can understand competition is how tough. The success rate is only 2 percent in the CAT exam. 

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Eligibility Criteria for CAT Exams

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks
  • Degree must be under a recognized university such as MHRD or by the UGC Act, 1956
  • If you are in the final year, then you can also apply


IIT-JEE stands for India Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination. This is the toughest exam to enter in the best Engineering college. The success rate of IIT JEE is around 1 out of 45. Earlier, the pattern of examination was divided into two parts as JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. But now, a little bit of pattern has changed in IIT exams. There will be 13 languages in JEE exams. Around 12 to 14 lakh students appeared every year in JEE exams, in which nearly 2.2 lakh students qualify for advanced exams. Now, students can take two times main exams in a year to show the best-scored results. 

4. NDA (National Defence Academy)

If you crack the NDA exam, you can enter the Army, Navy, and Air Force fields. The students get selected based on written exams, intelligence tests, psychological aptitude tests, and the last one, an interview. NDA exams are conducted twice a year, in April and September. SSB (Services Selection Board) takes an interview of NDA-selected students. Every year around 4 lakhs of students appears, out of which 6000 students get success. 

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5. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

This exam allows students to admit into Masters and Doctoral courses in Engineering, Architecture, Science, and Technology. Once you qualify GATE exam, then your score will be valid for 3 years. You must know the eligibility criteria for the GATE exam. 

  •  Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science stream
  • Master’s degree from any branch of science, statistics, computer application, or mathematics.